Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is there an easier way to lose weight? I hate dieting!

Yes, there is a much easier & healthier way to lose weight. Changing your eating habits gradually and eating whole foods (not processed) will change your health very quickly. Once you get the hang of it you will notice a difference in your energy levels, sleep, mood, and metabolism. In the Nutrition Program that I run in collaboration with Nutrition Coach Shelley Aggett, there is no food tracking or weighing and no calorie counting. 

There are a few different ways you can learn the whole foods way of eating:

  1. View A Nutrition Revolution on this website. 
  2. View for safe, effective, and sustainable weight loss. Diet Doctor was founded by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt a primary care physician in Sweden. His website is an excellent tool (free) for people who want to learn about whole foods nutrition and weight loss. The Diet Doctor website has no advertising, does not sell products, and does not accept industry (food or pharmaceutical) money.  
  3. View Intensive Dietary Management by Dr. Jason Fung & Megan Ramos. Dr Fung is a kidney specialist in Toronto, Canada who specializes in weight loss, reversal of type 2 diabetes and intermittent fasting. 
  4. If you live in Canada, visit the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition (CCTN) Practitioner Directory to find a clinician in your area who teaches whole foods nutrition change & weight loss. 
  5. If you are a patient of the Trent Hills Family Health Team (Campbellford or Warkworth) ask your physician or nurse practitioner to refer you to the THFHT Nutrition Program. 

I eat less & exercise more but don’t lose weight. What’s wrong with me?

Nothing. Traditional advice for weight loss relies on the “calories in-calories out” way of thinking. This theory is not supported by the evidence. It simply doesn’t work. Any weight loss accomplished by under-eating and over-exercising doesn't last. And in the process we risk malnutrition and physical injury and generally end up feeling horrible about ourselves.  

I recommend changing your eating habits gradually to a whole foods (not processed) nutrition plan. Please see the  section of this website called A Nutrition Revolution. 

If I change what I eat/lose weight/change lifestyle can I get off some of my medications?

Yes. Lots of people want to reduce or eliminate medication. When changing to a whole foods (not processed) way of eating we typically see health changes fairly quickly. This can include changes in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, inflammatory markers, blood sugars, joint pain, sleep, energy levels, mood and more. All medication changes should be done in consultation with your nurse practitioner or physician. It is not safe to reduce a medication dosage or stop a medication without speaking to your health care provider. 

At what age should I get a physical or start screening tests?

In Canada we follow guideline recommendations for screening tests & physical exams. Most nurse practitioners & physicians refer to these guidelines but every patient has a different personal and family medical history that is taken into consideration. To find out more please read the page on this website on Disease Screening. 

I have questions about my health/diagnosis/medication can I email or message NP Sam on Facebook?

No. Registered health care practitioners do not provide medical or health advice via social media or unsecured e-mail. Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, documentation, communication, and confidentiality are all regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario practice standards.

If you have questions about your health/diagnosis/medication it is important for you to book an appointment with your nurse practitioner or physician for an in-person assessment and examination. If you do not have a physician or nurse practitioner and you live in Ontario Canada please visit  Health Care Connect.

Can I book an appointment with NP Sam?

Patients rostered to the Trent Hills Family Health Team (Campbellford site) can call the clinic to book an appointment with NP Sam. Seeing NP Sam will not change who your doctor is. You will remain a rostered patient with your physician and can continue to see him or her by appointment. 

Patients not rostered to the Trent Hills Family Health Team (Campbellford site) cannot book an appointment with NP Sam. Appointments must be booked with your family physician or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a family physician or nurse practitioner and you live in Ontario Canada please call Health Care Connect to find providers in your area accepting patients. 


The information provided on is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified health care professional. You are encouraged to inform your nurse practitioner or physician of any changes you make to your lifestyle. If you have questions or concerns about any medical conditions you may have, please book an appointment with your nurse practitioner or physician.